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16 Iconic Vintage Hairstyles

Looking for some hair-style inspiration? I’ve collected some of the most iconic hairstyles here from the 1920s to the 1970s, which one do you fancy trying? I’m taking style inspiration from Faye Dunaway from Bonnie and Clyde today…

1. Veronica Lake: The Peekaboo Fringe

1940s movie star Veronica Lake was famous for her long finger curled blonde locks and peekaboo fringe. Jessica Rabbit’s hair was famously styled to be a sexy combination of Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth’s hair styles.

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake and a Polar Bear, 1940s

2. Louise Brooks: The Flapper Bob

20s movie star and inspiration to flappers everywhere Louise Brooks started a trend amongst bright young things with her sharply cut dark bob.

1920s flapper Louise Brooks

3. Marilyn Monroe: The Bombshell Cut

Marilyn‘s platinum blonde waves have been copied in movies and on the red carpet ever since, but noone wore them quite as well as she did.

Marilyn Monroe's mugshot

4. Brigitte Bardot: Mussed Up Blonde

Perhaps the ultimate French bombshell, Bardot‘s touselled blonde locks combined with smudgy black eyeliner are one of the most famous sex symbol looks of the 50s and 60s.

Hollywood cocktails: The Brigitte Bardot

5. Rita Hayworth: Glamorous Auburn Waves

Famed for her gorgeous trademark red hair, auburn wasn’t actually Rita Hayworth‘s natural hair colour. Born Rita Cansino she had dark brown hair before her Hollywood makeover.

Rita Hayworth

6. Farrah Fawcett: The Farrah Flick

The ‘Farrah flick’ took the 1970s by storm when she appeared in hit TV show Charlies Angels. Every girl wanted a thick touselled mane just like hers, and hairspray sales rocketed!

Farrah Fawcett

7. Elizabeth Taylor: Dark 50s Waves

Taylor’s dark waved hair was the epitome of 1950s style. Her dark, nearly black hair and brows framed those violet eyes perfectly! I also suspect that Liz Taylor is the hair inspiration for Dita Von Teese.

Elizabeth Taylor

8. Mia Farrow: The Pixie Crop

Mia Farrow’s famous cropped pixie cut was designed by Vidal Sassoon for the 1968 movie Rosemary’s Baby.

Mia Farrow

9. Elvis: The Pompadour

Elvis Presley’s pompadour cut was one of the many things which made him stand out from the rest. As sexy combing his hair as he was dancing the girls instantly loved him! He looked quite different before he had his famous hair style!

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock

10. Audrey’s Beehive

Hepburn’s streaked up-do from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most instantly recognizable hairstyles from any movie. She looked amazing however she wore her hair, but this is perobably her most memorable do.

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffanys

11. Betty Grable’s Victory Rolls

Betty Grable was a great inspiration to GIs during the Second World War, and her Victory Rolls inspired lots of women to show their support for the boys at the front through their hairstyle too.

Betty Grable

12. Grace Kelly: Slicked Back Curls

Grace Kelly‘s slicked back waves were possibly the most elegant and sophisticated of looks from the 1950s.

Grace Kelly

13. Blondie

Debbie Harry’s blunt cut platinum blonde hair which was died dark underneath was both feminine and edgy, a real rock-chick style.

Blondie

14. Faye Dunaway: Shoulder Length Bob

Dunaway’s sleek and stylish shoulder-length bob from the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde is still oh-so-stylish even today.

Faye Dunaway

15. Bettie Page’s Bangs

The notorious Bettie Page has perhaps one of the most copied vintage hairstyles of all time. With her famous fringe cut short, you see this glamorous style everywhere even today.

Bettie Pages measurements

16. Jackie O

Jackie Kennedy‘s chic understated style was copied by wome all over the world througout the 50s and 60s.

Jackie_Kennedy_1960s.JPG

Have I missed any out?


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4 thoughts on “16 Iconic Vintage Hairstyles

  1. Molly Munslow

    Love a bit of hair inspiration! Audrey’s beehive will always be one of my favourites!

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    • Mary, WHV

      Thanks Molly – Audreys’ streaked beehive is fabulous. My fave has got to be the Farrah flick though. I alwasy wanted hair like that growing up!

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  3. Debby

    You forgot one of the most iconic of hairstyles back in the 70’s: Olympic gold medalist in women’s figure skating,Dorothy Hamil. Clairol even developed a shampoo and conditioner after her and put her face on the bottle: Short&Sassy.

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